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The Best Sermon on Forgiveness

The Best Sermon on Forgiveness

A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Troy Nesbitt (the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church of Ames & Ankeny) gave one of the most heartfelt, passionate and stirring sermons I've ever heard on forgiveness. I was so moved I immediately shared it with my parents and some of...

Dinner Devotionals for Families

Dinner Devotionals for Families

If your family is like mine, then dinners can be a little crazy and hectic. It used to be a lot crazier when our children were younger - especially our twin sons. Trying to feed two toddlers as a family just didn't work so a lot of times we'd just have dinner after...

It’s a Life Is Good Christmas!

It’s a Life Is Good Christmas!

I love the Life Is Good brand. Always have. Always will. The first time I walked into a Life Is Good store was probably in Portland, Maine or Ogunquit, Maine, and I was in awe. Not that I struggle with envy often, but I wanted to buy everything. Ever since then, I've...

Thankful on Thanksgiving

Thankful on Thanksgiving

I used to be a huge Caedmon's Call fan. I was a card carrying member of the Caedmon's Call Guild, owned all their albums and would travel within a 250 mile radius to their shows. So this morning I woke up humming "Thankful" by Caedmon's Call this morning. And I can't...

Chicago, Running and Jesus

Chicago, Running and Jesus

Confession: Selling Christian t-shirts is not my full-time gig. (I simply don't sell enough shirts to support a family of five) This week I'm staying the week in Chicago, one of the greatest cities ever...next to Des Moines of course, for a digital marketing training...

Jesus Loves You T-Shirts

Jesus Loves You T-Shirts

We were blessed to be able to travel to North Carolina over Labor Day weekend to attend the wedding in the Greensboro area.  Any time I travel, I feel compelled to bust out some of my favorite t-shirts to see if I can elicit any responses from folks. This time, I...

Hillsong Young & Free Merchandise

Hillsong Young & Free Merchandise

One of the things I really admire about our church is that our pastor has a vision to build a sustainable church that focuses on the next generation. That means that our worship music has evolved similar to how Hillsong is transforming. Their music has really evolved...

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